• Who Discovered E Coli & Other Harmful Bacteria?

    Bugs can cause big problems. Identifying disease-causing microbes is the first step in developing strategies to outsmart and defeat them. The scientific landscape is populated with heroic bug chasers who have discovered the causative agents of disease...
    By Paul Arnold August 7, 2009 

  • How Does Telomerase Work?

    Telomerase is a crucial enzyme that controls and maintains telomeres. These are the tips of chromosomes that a) protect DNA from molecular attack and b) prevent strands of genetic material from sticking to each other. The enzyme is active in stem...
    By Paul Arnold August 5, 2009 

  • Ice-Minus Bacteria

    This article takes a look at the mutant strain of the Pseudomonas syringae bacteria that is popularly known as ice-minus bacteria. Ice-minus bacteria are interesting to researchers and farmers as the microbes prevent the formation of frost on precious...
    By Sonal Panse July 26, 2009 

  • Cellulite Cure - Your Genes

    The person who develops a truly effective cellulite cure will become a billionaire overnight. Cosmetic companies claim their cellulite treatments work, but there is little, if any supporting evidence in the scientific literature. Understanding the genetics...
    By Paul Arnold July 19, 2009 

  • The Gel Electrophoresis Procedure: Part 2

    What happens to prepared DNA samples in gel electrophoresis? Discover the straightforward facts behind the mysterious science of DNA comparison.
    By Robyn Broyles June 25, 2009 

  • What is Antigenic Drift?

    "Prevention is better than cure," they say, but prevention of diseases is not a problem that can be tackled easily. Influenza is a common problem in several regions of the world and tackling the problem is difficult. A significant factor is antigenic...
    By Balachandar Radhakrishnan June 23, 2009 

  • Bacteriophages: Viruses that Attack Bacteria

    Did you know that you, your pets and other animals are not the only targets of viruses? There are viruses that specifically 'seek out' bacteria and kill them. They are known as bacteriophages and are the foundations upon which present knowledge...
    By Balachandar Radhakrishnan November 16, 2008 

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